Roses 2013 Preview: Women’s Cricket

After a historic victory against Sheffield last week, the club’s first ever, York will be looking to build on this season’s early success with a comprehensive Roses victory

Image: Dave Goddin

Image: Dave Goddin


Women’s 1sts: 12:00pm, Sunday, 22 Acres

Points on offer: 0

Louise Verroken Jones, Women’s 1sts captain

How have the club performed so far this season?

“York Women’s cricket is at a very exciting time and the 2013 season looks to be our best yet, with more fixtures then ever before and a squad that has really grown from strength to strength. 2012 saw a return to the BUCS league for us. The past season was mixed, but very much needed to build the confidence and competency of our members. Over the winter and through preseason we have worked harder then ever, I am certainly looking forward to some great performances. Hopefully we will not be as rain affected as we were last year!”

What are you expecting from your Roses fixtures this year?

“As this is our first ever Roses clash we are desperate to win. Thanks to our coach Rory Walker, and the hard work from all the girls, I am confident we can be successful. It has certainly been a target through out the winter months. As captain I am just looking for all the girls to hit their straps and play to their best ability. We have great strength in depth and are lucky to have such a variety of players and playing styles. I cannot compliment the ability of UYWCC enough. Sadly Rory will be leaving us this year, after 2 years of hard work. We have a lot to thank him for, it goes without saying that any UYWCC success this year will be dedicated to him.”

Why should people come and watch your matches?

“Women’s Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK right now. UYWCC is a great example and testimony to this, 2013 has seen us grow enormously, now stronger than ever. As well as being a passionate and competitive team, we are also great fun and our game certainly won’t be a dull spectacle. Lancaster will not be a simple fixture, no game of cricket is ever easy, but we are looking forward to putting on a great display and a great contest. Cricket is a funny game, where success can vary between that of the individual and the team. It may look boring to some, but there is a lot more to it then just a bat and ball. We will be playing on 22 acres on Sunday, we would love any support to aid our home advantage. If anything it promises to be some great entertainment in the sunshine!”

Nouse Verdict

York’s women’s cricketers have certainly gone from strength to strength since last season. A historic 63 run victory over Sheffield last week will do wonders for their confidence and a mid-week game against Manchester on Wednesday will be a great opportunity for the girls to prepare for Roses. York’s captain Lo Jones is in great form with the bat and experienced opening bowler Kat Young will be looking to lead an inexperienced and fresher heavy bowling attack. York have plenty of strength in depth and a large contingency of enthusiastic and talented freshers to compliment the experience and ability of the second and third years. They have a very talented bowling attack who can bowl out any side on their day and they have batsmen who are more than capable of posting over 100 runs.

While women’s cricket is new to Roses and doesn’t count for any points, pride will certainly be at stake for these two sides. I back the girls to win their Roses match up, they have the perfect blend of youth and experience to overcome any side they come up against.


  1. It’s definitely not the first ever Roses match for York women’s cricket – I played in the Roses match in 1998! (we – York – won, by the way!) Having said that, it’s good to see things looking hopeful – good luck to the team.

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  2. Good luck in the roses fixture. If you need any other friendly games please contact me as we have a number of teams in the first and second division of the Northern League. The teams are based in Yorkshire and would welcome more teams and fixtures.


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